Saturday, December 22, 2012

Military And Intelligence News Briefs -- December 22, 2012

A U.S. Navy concept for the Ohio-Replacement Program submarine. (Naval Sea Systems Command)

Submarine Design Effort Gets $2B Boost -- Defense News

The effort to design and develop the U.S. Navy’s next ballistic missile submarine got a major boost Friday with the announcement of a nearly $2 billion contract award to General Dynamics.

The contract was awarded by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) to GD’s Electric Boat division in Groton, Conn., the only shipbuilder deemed capable of designing the Ohio-Class Replacement Program (ORP) submarine.

NAVSEA, in a statement accompanying the contract announcement noted that “special incentives” are included in the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to compensate for the lack of competition.

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Syrian civil war at stalemate, Assad won't go: Russia -- Reuters

Turkey names sites for NATO Patriot missiles near Syria -- Reuters

Israel Keeps Watch on Syrian Chemical Weapons -- Global Security Newswire

Syria’s Chemical Weapons ‘Safe for Now’ - Moscow -- RIA Novosti

Whither the Free Syrian Navy?
-- Information Dissemination

Myanmar military chief says country needs nuclear program for medical, energy purposes -- FOX News/AP

Russian military's support of GLONASS on ice after corruption scandal, technical failures - report -- RT

Russian Military District Tests New Air Defense Systems
-- RIA Novosti

Russia Postpones Mistral Warship Project to 2016 – Source -- RIA Novosti

Mega defence deals lined up for Putin -- Indian Express

UK High Court blocks drone intelligence challenge
-- UT San Diego/AP

British navy selling frigates -- UPI

Mali's army in a state of emergency -- Africa Report

Submarines recommended as way for Taiwan to better deter China -- Focus Taiwan

Banquets off the Menu for China Military --

Pakistan Navy Test-fires Land-Attack Missile -- Defense News

Pakistani drone crashes in northwest: officials -- Space Daily/AFP

BAE Systems Update on Contract Negotiations with Saudi Arabia -- Defence Talk

N.Korea to Launch More Rockets - Kim Jong-un -- RIA Novosti

Park puts security top concern for Seoul -- Space Daily/UPI

The Sky's Not Falling On Satellite Exports: The Ghost Of Anti-China Paranoia Past
-- Aol Defense

Raytheon 900 Missiles Behind in Deliveries, U.S. Says
-- Bloomberg

Army Challenges AOL Defense On Competition With Marines, Tech Threats -- Aol Defense

7 Codes You’ll Never Ever Break -- Danger Room

NDAA seeks to disarm hackers -- Politico

Auditors Blast DOE for "Fragmented" Cyber Attack Preparations -- Global Security Newswire

Lawmakers Approve Final NDAA Despite White House’s Veto Threat -- Defense News

White House mum on defense bill veto threat -- The Hill

As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Panetta Warns of Furloughs -- and Stripes

Nuclear Policy Challenges Await Kerry as Top Diplomat -- Global Security Newswire

Military academies report increase in sexual assaults -- Washington Post

In holiday greetings, Obamas laud military families -- CBS News

Home for Christmas: 9 Flattops at Norfolk
-- Defense News

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